three clustered vignettes accompanied by text (Japanese characters) and decorative stem of blue flowers; L vignette shows man reading scroll framed by a square and Japanese characters on L, R, and bottom; top vignette shows menacing figure in front of black cloud with wind-blown hair holding an animal foot; R vignette shows the shadow of a man in profile within a semi-circle frame with some writing

%C2%A9 Torii Kotondo

Yoshimura Ijūrō VI’s Memorable Stage Concerts, 1941

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Between 1929 and 1934, Kotondo designed twenty-one prints of beauties, but he seems not to have delved into Kabuki subjects until 1941—rather unexpected given his family background and position as head of the Torii school, which specialized in images of Kabuki actors. Only two theater prints by him are known. One is this unusually large memorial print (shini-e) of the nagauta singer Yoshimura Ijūrō VI (1859–1935) with Kotondo’s portrait of the Ibaraki demon and a reference to the play The Subscription List (Kanjinchō), Ijūrō VI’s most famous performance, for which several audio recordings exist.

Exhibitions
  • Seven Masters

    Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Sunday, March 13, 2016
Details
Title
Yoshimura Ijūrō VI’s Memorable Stage Concerts
Artist Life
1900 - 1976
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.78
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three clustered vignettes accompanied by text (Japanese characters) and decorative stem of blue flowers; L vignette shows man reading scroll framed by a square and Japanese characters on L, R, and bottom; top vignette shows menacing figure in front of black cloud with wind-blown hair holding an animal foot; R vignette shows the shadow of a man in profile within a semi-circle frame with some writing

© Torii Kotondo

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